My Heart For Harvest Celebration Ministries

Steve and Connie Hutto
In 1998 God spoke to Connie and me to establish a missions organization. God had given us a love for the nations. As I was exposed to folks from other nations such as India, Guatemala, Honduras, and Mexico, God begin to hone in on those areas we were to be involved in.

We started with India. This was because I met Pastor G.R. Purushotham from India in 1996 when he came to the United States. He told me repeatedly, while here in the States, "You must come to India to preach the Word of God where the people are so hungry for the Word." I went in 1997 for the first time and he was not kidding! It changed my life. (More on that first trip here.) Pastor Purushotham has been promoted to heaven, but his wife Padmini, and his son, G.P. Samuel have taken up the mantle to continue the vast ministry to Pastors and churches in India. We at HCM are thrilled to partner with Brother Samuel to help complete church facilities and help to offer support to pastors in India. And in addition, I'm thrilled to continue to preach the Word of God in India!

In 2006, I met Pastor Manfredy Zelaya from Honduras. He, Connie, and myself sat in a Zaxby's in Athens, GA for a couple of hours talking about the ministry to Honduras. God moved on Connie and me right then and there to become more involved with this man of God from Honduras. In 2007, I visited Honduras 2 times. I've been many times since. In 2011, just having returned from Honduras, God told me to pray that Harvest Celebration Ministries would "flourish" for His glory. I've been praying that since, and God is causing it to happen!

HCM's ministry to Honduras includes ministry to the small, outlying village of Concordia. From Concordia, several children are sponsored monthly, and others are waiting to be sponsored. Other children are sponsored from the capitol city of Tegucigalpa. There are regular outreaches to the village of Concordia which include a hot meal for all the children who come, not just the sponsored ones. God is truly causing HCM to flourish for His glory!

My heart is that we can eventually partner with God in a full-time capacity to reach these nations, and others He places on our hearts. My belief is that He will provide folks who share our vision, who will partner with us on a regular basis with financial support to bring this vast vision to reality. My request is that you pray about joining Connie, myself, and Harvest Celebration ministries in this quest.

We are available meet with you to share and discuss the HCM vision of reaching the nations of Honduras and India with the life-changing love of Jesus. I can be contacted at harvcel@gmail. Please feel free to e-mail me if you have any questions. If you desire to go ahead and support HCM financially, you can set up your donations here. 

Connie and I thank you so much for your prayerful consideration! God's richest blessings to you!

In Christ,
Steve Hutto

How Short-Term Missions Changed My Life (Part Two)

As I said in my previous post, my first trip to India changed my life as a follower of Christ. It was during this trip many things happened touching my life deeply. The following is just one of them.

It was morning. I was waiting for my ride to the meeting place. A young Indian pastor (Thomas) had stayed nearby and was waiting with me for our ride. We began to chat about Thomas's life. I asked him what his life as a pastor was like in India. He told me about a typical Saturday and Sunday in His schedule.

On Saturday evening He, his family, and church members meet for all-night-prayer. They start at about 11 pm and pray until about 5 am. They break shortly for tea and pray some more...until about 7 or 8 am. Thomas said when prayer ends he and his family head home to clean up for their first service. This service lasts about 3 hours. Around 11 am or 12 noon, they break for lunch. After a short rest he and family head for another small congregation to conduct a service during the afternoon. After the service they break for dinner. After the evening meal they move to yet another congregation for their third and last service of the day. I was overwhelmed at their dedication and commitment to serving Jesus. I was wondering when they rested. However, rest was not an issue to them. It was very obvious...the joy of the Lord was their strength.

As Pastor Thomas was telling me this I turned off the TV in the hotel room on which ESPN was playing. The TV was somewhere around 13 inches, and black and white. (Some of you have never seen a black and white TV.) But they did have a satellite feed with ESPN in English! I was so convicted over my lack-luster Christian life-style I turned it off. As Pastor Thomas continued and tears began to stream down my cheeks. God had pierced my heart and emotionally it was almost too much for me. Then Pastor Thomas began to cry. We both sat and wept as we worshiped the God who is worthy of it all.

It had become so clear to me that what I thought was a deep commitment to Jesus was very shallow. Jesus was important to me. I was a pastor! But for me it was NOT all about Him. He was important, but not the CENTER of it all. Like so many Christian Americans, I was too busy for Him. Most of all I did was for ministry sake...but not for Jesus. God used this first visit to India to shake me, to awaken me, and to prepare me.

I returned to America with a renewed commitment to live for Jesus 24 x 7. I wanted my life to be consumed with Jesus, ministering to Him and to others like my friends in India were consumed.

When it was time for me to return to the States I was ready. I couldn't wait to get back to the comforts of America. It was great returning home to my family. However, a week after I was home I began to realize my first trip to India was just the beginning. What started as a visionary trip had turned in to a calling to the nations on my life. I had to go back!

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